Scribblenauts is a platformer game that somehow manages to be a puzzle game at the same time. It may not seem like much at first glance, but it beat heavyweights such as Splinter Cell: Conviction and God of Wars 3 to the top spot, so we just had to check it out.
What makes Scribblenauts so special is how you play the game. You’ll write words on the touch screen using a stylus, and an item will appear. You then use these items to solve the puzzles; it’s an entirely new concept.
How to play Scribblenauts game
Naturally, there’s a limit to how many words you’d expect would work. The game doesn’t recognize names, places, or vulgar content(sorry guys), and copyrighted stuff can’t be named to. There is also a limit to how many objects you can place in one level as each object you put fills the “memory bar”. On one level, we had to use the words “bug spray” instead of “fly spray” to kill a buzzing fly, but the database on the game is amazing, and these annoyances are the exceptions.
There are two level types in Scribblenauts, one platform and one puzzle. The platform levels involve getting from point A to point B, overcoming hurdles and such. There are 220 levels split across ten worlds, and you can earn “dollars” for your efforts. As with any platform game, as you progress, you can upgrade your character with new objects or weapons.
The physics engine comes into play, when we had to reach a striate, one of the game’s objectives, that was on a tree. The way to get it was to add two acrobats and place our character on top of them, thus being launched toward the striate. There’s also a level editor where you can create new levels, drop AI characters and change their behaviors. You can also save your levels and share them with friends via Wi-Fi or online. It’s a great addition to Scribblenauts, and we look forward to wasting more time in the area in the future.
Scribblenauts boasts a rough, hand drawn style that suits the game perfectly. The most startling aspect of it was that we could recognize all of the objects as we expected it – it’s an amazing feat to achieve. Scribblenauts is launching on the Nintendo DS this September.